[NEWS] Biomass Power Reached 1.6% of U.S. Electricity in 2015
– May 27, 2016, SeeNews Renewables
Electricity produced from biomass accounted for 1.6% of the US’ total power generation in 2015, and to 11.3% of the total national renewable power output, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.
Biomass power generation grew to 64 TWh in 2015 from 56 TWh in 2010, mainly thanks to capacity additions in southern states such as Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. Nearly half of the biomass power output last year came from industrial sites outside of the electric power sector, such as pulp and paper mills.
Several states, especially in the South Census region, have increased their biomass power generation capacity. Such states have ample forest resources, while their wind energy potential is “generally poor” and the solar resources are “relatively unfavorable”, EIA explained. Thus, biomass emerges as the better option for renewable energy use.
The western part of the US also saw a notable increase in biomass in the last five years, with electricity generation from the source growing by 15% in 2010-2015. The main contributor was the state of California which has a few large plants helping meet its renewable electricity target.